Atrios says Bush is “shockingly stupid, somewhat delusional, and very messianic person who has downloaded large doses of extreme wingnuttery deep into his brain stem.”
Anyone who listened to the president’s speech in Riga today knows that this is all nonsense. He has no intention to change his policy in Iraq. His policy has been and continues to be the creation of an essentially Western country in Iraq governed on a unitary basis by an administration elected on the basis of one person, one vote. He expects that “victory” there and in his other areas of activity, Lebanon, Syria, etc. will result in a wave of revolutionary change across the Islamic World which will “drain the swamp” in which the “extremists” grow. He was taught this vision by neocon “dervishes” who are still pursuing the memory of Europe transformed by the French Revolution. The French Revolution renewed in the Muslim World remains the goal. We are already seeing the result of the “freedom agenda” in Iraq. There, Liberty has become license to kill and give over to rapine all those who “threaten” the ability of one’s own group to maximize its position.
My question: is there any difference between the two except brevity?